Taos Lines Up on 12-22-12

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Back in 2011 a Mayan wisdom keeper from Mexico, Ac Tah, was invited to speak at a conference in Taos presented by the local Labyrinth Society. Taos has never been the same. Ac Tah impressed many locals with his integrity in his role of descendent and appointed messenger of knowledgable Mayan ancestors. His perspective is that the end of the Mayan calendar coincides with a never-before galactic alignment from our Central Sun, to Sirius, our Sun, ending here at planet Earth. This is an energetic event, called a dimensional shift and in Mesoamerican culture seen as the return of Quetzalcoatl. Some visualize it as the beginning of the new age of Aquarius.

However it’s described or understood Ac Tah stayed connected to the people he met here in Taos after returning to Mexico, and his influence led to the creation of the powerful ceremony I attended at New Buffalo Center on December 22nd. The pyramid in the photo above is symbolic of it. It was designed by Ac Tah and built in Mexico. Apparently there have already been many built and erected throughout Mexico. A group of four Taos men drove a truck down to a town north of Mexico City to pick up the deconstructed pieces of the assembled one pictured. That part of the story is in itself dramatic.

These photos reflect the commitment of literally hundreds of Taos residents, those who contributed their skills, money and dedication to make the event possible and those who answered the invitation to come and participate in Ac Tah’s vision of a 12-22-12 ceremonial gathering.

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The so-called “ceremony” was actually a dawn-to- dusk day at the New Buffalo Center (in the 60s and 70s a famous hippy commune near Arroyo Hondo). I arrived in time for the 2nd of three time slots for gathering, around 11 AM. The centerpiece of this time’s grouping was a newly made sacred pipe created by local artist and ceremonialist, Reuben Medina. The pipe itself is a story, like many background pieces of the total puzzle of the day.

I spoke on the phone today with Reuben and learned that he was inspired to make the pipe based on the story of White Buffalo Woman. She appeared magically to give the first sacred pipe to a group of native Americans whose males had become too warlike. Thus the pipe (chanupa) was called a “peace pipe.” For Reuben the pipe spoke to the welcome return of the Divine Feminine at this time, along with the return of the Feathered Serpent, Quetzalcoatl. He had decided to gift the pipe to an extraordinary woman, Pat McCabe, his friend, who has devoted her life to the return of the Divine Feminine by traveling and teaching through Lakota ceremony.

This photo captures the moment that he passes the chanupa to Pat. It’s important to my telling of this story for you to visualize the pipe as having two parts, a male and a female. The bowl separates from the tube part. In any case it symbolizes the coming together of the dual aspects of the Divine, masculine and feminine, in harmonic oneness.

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If you focus in on this photo you can see the pipe (shaped like a snake) with the bowl  sticking up and tropical bird feathers hanging down. Pat seems to be selecting herbs for placing in the bowl. Without being able to foresee where this pipe area would be set up inside the circle (there was delay in Pat’s arrival) I had chosen a good position for taking photos. The day was cold but the sky was clear and thus sunny. To face the Sun I had to turn completely around but I did this at times to feel its warmth on my face. In the context of the story about the energy arriving on Earth by way of our Sun it felt doubly good to connect with it in this way. There was a thin layer of snow beneath our feet, keeping them cold, but I observed that my body was able to adjust to the outdoor conditions better than I might have thought. It seemed like the elevated energy was keeping me in a state of heightened gratitude and focus, allowing me to feel content.

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At this point, the pipe is lit and being offered up to the sky for all to see and the drummers are drumming. Pat offered some teachings about the shift toward honoring the energy of the Divine Feminine. In conclusion each of the 60 or more participants in the circle were encouraged by Reuben to hold the pipe, touch the end away from the bowl to each shoulder and  smoke the pipe if they wish. During this time people in the circle were invited to offer a song, most with accompanying drums and rattles and everyone was encouraged to join in.

I feel very grateful to all the Taos people who made this event happen, the 12/21/2012 Ceremony group, and Ac Tah’s team in Mexico who coordinated with them. For me, what has come up is the concept of “community.” All along the path of this event Taos (and Mexican) people have demonstrated that when something captures the hearts and imaginations of a group of strong and trusting individuals just about anything can be accomplished.

Let there be LOVE…

 

Tis the Season

People were starting to gather at the Taos Plaza before the official Christmas parade and lighting of the tree last weekend. There were free cups of hot chocolate and cookies along with mild temperatures. This “lighting of the plaza tree” event seems to be the earliest of the many traditional Christmas celebrations for this ever-popular season. From down town there’s no snow visible on Taos Mountain now. The latest talk is that this Sunday there’s a good chance of seeing some.

While walking from the plaza to a nearby store I noticed this creative window design. I wasn’t clear which store it was advertising but I really admired it. Taos has its charm and the holiday season can bring out some inspiration on the part of store owners trying to lure customers. It can be another reason to get out and shop around and even take a look at the rich diversity of crafts made by locals.

Here’s another store window shot, this one belonging to Wabi-Sabi, a store that focuses on gifts, mostly imported from Japan. This store is dear to my heart because they have been carrying my cards for several years now. More recently they have some of my Goddess altars on consignment. You can always count on a cup of tea while you browse.

This Kuan Yin wood altar is one example of my work displayed at Wabi-Sabi.

I’ve got my eye on these painted wood (hand carved?) flying Hanuman ornaments on sale now at the little shop at the Hanuman Temple. They’re $15 and I really admire them. I’m assuming they are imported from India?

I you’re looking for a lovely Christmas shopping experience try Country Furnishings of Taos owned by Mary Shriver. I suspect some people go there to browse just for a pick-me-up. Those are my handmade tree ornaments, which Mary’s carrying for the first time this season. She also has seasonal cards of mine and a few retablos.

Another great store to get to know, if you don’t already, is Garden and Soul, just off the plaza. They specialize in cards and local art. You’ll recognize by now that my work is well represented there with an assortment of offerings corralled in one corner. The store changed hands some months ago. The new owners are a couple, Bob and Stephanie Deavers. I’m sure they’d love you coming in and introducing yourself. Tell them I sent you, as they say.

Because of the location of my house (blocked as I am by trees and power lines) I rarely catch photos of amazing sunsets, of which we have many. I remember when I first moved to Taos I was truly astonished at their nightly show which reminded me of times past when  I lived along the Pacific Ocean in one place or another (San Francisco, Point Arena and Encinitas, all in California, and then time spent in Mexico, especially Todos Santos). There’s no ocean here, but you sure do get the sunsets.

This one caught my attention as it seemed the whole sky was ablaze. I took this shot facing east away from the setting sun.

Wishing you all well as you plot your course through shopping, celebrating and getting those packages wrapped and cards mailed in a timely fashion. Tis the season!